We’re proud of having a quality team that has decades of experience and consistently exhibits high ethical standards. Our team continues to grow with our business, and each person we add—from the management team to employees and contractors—shares our core values and a commitment to improving the world around us.
Our leadership team has invested a significant amount of time, energy, and capital into our real estate and business education. As a group, we have attended the nation’s premier real estate education program, FortuneBuilders Mastery. Beyond the principles of sound investing, we were trained on how to build a successful business based on systems and predictability. Having completed more than 1,000 real estate deals, FortuneBuilders coaches and systems have allowed us to strategically invest in real estate, grow and expand our business, and they are available for us to leverage when analyzing our real estate deals.
Carol Mangum, Co-owner
Carol has more than 18 years of experience as a licensed Texas REALTOR®. She has helped hundreds of families find new homes, navigate the short-sale process and avoid foreclosure, improving their lives through educating them about the process. She and Russell own several passive income properties and have renovated dozens of homes.
- Licensed Texas REALTOR®
- Certified Negotiations Expert
Ernest Lee Bruns, Co-owner
Lee grew up in the real estate business along the Texas Gulf Coast. His mother was a REALTOR® in the 1960s and 70s, and his family redeveloped many properties as he was growing up. One of his earliest memories is “helping” his father paint a house while still in kindergarten. For many years, he focused on a training management career with companies like Dell and Apple. But eventually his love of making distressed houses beautiful again brought him back to his first love. He and Sue Ann spend much of their time on a ranch in Cameron, Texas where they hope to retire.
- Certified Apartment Manager (CMA)
- MEd in Educational Technology
- BLA in Technical Communication
Russell Mangum, Co-owner
Russell grew up in Abilene, where he was a stand-out track student-athlete. Twice ranked in the top 50 in the U.S. for 800 meters, he spent a year abroad in France before enlisting in the Navy to serve as a Russian linguist. Eventually obtaining an MBA in Marketing from the McCombs School of Business, Russell has been training people in enterprise technology for over 15 years.
- MBA in Marketing
- Tons of certifications in information technology
Sue Ann and Lee met in 2006 and were married in 2008, after she came to Central Texas by way of Florida and Illinois. Sue Ann is an experienced university instructor, including ten years as Director of Internet Services at La Leche League International. She is also an experienced knitting and crochet instructor and maintained a popular knitting blog for many years. For the past five years she has created remodeling plans, supervised new house design, and managed the interior and exterior design selections for HR Equity Holdings, LLC. Her hobbies include Parelli Natural Horsemanship, bird watching, and fiber arts.
- Enterprise Project Management software (Planview, Projectplace, and Troux)
- PhD in Linguistics